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Reese Weight Distribution - WD With Sway Control - RP66560 Review

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Review of Reese Weight Distribution RP66560

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Reese STEADi-Flex Weight Distribution System with built-in sway control. This is an all-in-one sway control and weight distribution system that evenly distributes weight over the axles of your tow vehicle and your trailer, which is going to offer better stability and better control. Ultimately it's going to create a more level ride for both the tow vehicle and your trailer. Now, this particular system is going to feature a tongue weight capacity of 1,200 pounds and a gross towing weight capacity of 12,000 pounds, and it can be used with top mount and bottom mount trailer couplers, as well as trailers that have surge or hydraulic brakes. It does not have to be taken off when backing up your trailer. Just make sure to avoid sharp turns and jackknife situations. Now this unit's going to feature a multi-point friction-style sway control that's going to limit side to side movement of your trailer.

It's designed to control sway as soon as it starts, and again, one of the biggest key features about the unit is that the sway control is built into the unit. It's nothing additional that you have to purchase or anything additional that you have to install. It's all built in. We're going to have these brackets right here, that are going to keep the spring bars in place for a nice, rigid system. That's going to hold the trailer in line. The unit does not use lift chains, so it's going to eliminate unwanted movement of the spring bars.

If we undo the clip right here and flip this up, you can see right here these are going to be the automotive grade friction material, or friction pads. This is going to create that friction that's needed to really help control the trailer sway. These correct any sway that may occur due to winds, curvy roads, or sudden maneuvers. These brackets and the pads are going to be located on each side, and then the other thing that you're going to have is right here in the head assembly. It's a very unique design. The system head is going to provide frictional resistance, which is also going to limit the movement of the spring bars as well, which again, limits the amount of sway that we experience, so this head assembly, once tension is applied to it, once these are fully installed, the head actually pinches the bar.

That prevents the bar from moving, which in turn prevents trailer sway. Again, multi-point friction-style sway control with this unit, and it's built into the unit. Nothing additional is needed. Now, these are going to be steel spring bars that are hot rolled and tapered for superior strength and flexibility. These bars will flex appropriately over uneven terrain for a nice, controlled, even ride. The bars are going to attach in the head assembly with a pin and clip.

Now, the unique design of the head assembly and the style of the bars really allows for maximum ground clearance with this unit. I want to bring you in a little bit closer here on the head assembly. There's a few key features that I just want to talk about real quick. It does come with the hitch pin and clip to get it secured on your hitch. The shank is included, but right here at the head assembly it's going to use a unique design when it comes to achieving the amount or pitch of the head assembly, the tilt. It's going to use this elongated washer design. Hardware's included. The washer has teeth on it and the head assembly has teeth on it, so those two go together. It's located on each side of the unit, and so the desired tilt is easily achieved using an elongated, serrated washer design. This design allows for quick and easy adjustment of the head assembly, so that way you don't have to deal with the old style, which is all those washers and a spacer rivet. To get the tilt, it's all accessible here from the outer part of the head assembly. You don't have to get internal with it. It's really nice, especially when it comes to making those fine tune adjustments. It makes those very simple, which is going to help ensure a safer, more enjoyable towing setup and situation. Now, there's also an adjustment bolt inside the head assembly that can be set once the proper tilt of the head assembly has been achieved. You just bring that out until it makes contact with this portion right here of the shank. Really nice design. The other thing I want to point out are the no-drill, clamp-on brackets. These can adjust along the trailer frame, so that's going to be these right here. These are going to adjust along the trailer frame to accommodate frame-mounted items, such as a battery box, your gas tanks or propane tanks, toolboxes or generators. These brackets can be positioned between 27 to 32 inches from the center of the trailer coupler. Now, these brackets are going to attach to the trailer frame, so you're going to have the inside portion of the bracket, outside portion of the bracket, and then when you're ready to install, or even remove the weight distribution system, this portion right here slides on and off this bracket, and then once you have it set to what you need, you just secure it in place with the included hardware. All the necessary hardware to get the unit fully installed is included. Now, the adjustable shank, again, this is included. This is going to give you plenty of adjustability. This can be used in the drop or rise positions. It's going to offer 7 vertical mounting holes and those holes are separated on center by an inch and a quarter. With the unit in the rise position and the head assembly at the highest setting, it's going to give you a maximum rise of 8 3/4 of an inch. That's measuring from the inside top edge of the receiver tube of your hitch to the top of your ball platform. With it in the drop position and the head assembly at the lowest setting, it's going to give you a maximum drop of 4 inches. Now, Reese also designed this system so it does not need constant adjustment like other weight distribution systems. Once you have it set, once you have it installed properly, everything's set to go. You don't have to worry about getting out and checking it or re-torquing or anything like that. It's all going to be set and ready to go. It's going to last a long time, and again, it does not require you to have to constantly get out and make adjustments or check everything. It's going to be a steel construction. It's going to have a powder-coated finish, which is long-lasting, corrosion resistant design. Now your hitch ball, you will need to pick one of those up. That is sold separately. It's going to require a hitch ball with an inch and a quarter diameter shank, but again, it does come with all your necessary hardware for your installation. It's also going to come with these shims right here, that can be used to ensure a tight fit between the head assembly and the adjustable shank. It's going to come with your lift handle, which eases the installation by reducing the lifting required by the trailer jack. This goes around the bar, gives you enough leverage or the proper leverage needed to get those bars in the brackets. Now, this is designed for a 2-inch by 2-inch trailer hitch receiver. It's going to fit trailer frame heights from 4 inches to 7 inches tall. It's going to fit trailer frame widths from an inch and a half to 2 inches. The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the center of the hitch ball hole is going to be around 13 inches when the unit is square and straight, and Reese is going to cover this with a limited lifetime warranty. That's going to do it for today's look at the Reese STEADi-Flex Weight Distribution System with built-in sway control.

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